An artist a day ft. Jane Braithwaite

This years Oldham Open features over 300 individual pieces from small intricately crafted jewellery to a large 6ft x 6ft mixed media canvas. The remarkable array of mediums, techniques and styles used demonstrates the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople from the Oldham Borough.

To celebrate the opening of the Oldham Open we will be featuring a number of our exhibiting artists as guest bloggers, telling us a little about themselves and their work.

The next fantastic artist to feature as a guest blogger is…

Jane Braithwaite

1. Please can you give me a brief introduction about yourself and your work…

I retired from teaching 3 years ago in order to paint. Although I completed the Art Foundation Course at Manchester College of Art in the early seventies, I hadn’t drawn or painted for over 40 years. I’ve exhibited locally for a year or two now but have recently ventured further afield. Last year I entered The Patchings Art Competition which was held in conjunction with the Leisure Painter magazine and won an award in the amateur category. This year I had two paintings accepted by the Society of Equestrian artists for exhibition at the Sally Mitchell Gallery near Newark.

2. Can you tell me about the work you have  about your inspiration for the piece, is this your usual type of work? What technique have you used and why? Jane Braithwaite

The two paintings I submitted for the Oldham Open feature street scenes which are always a source of interest for me. I love painting people interacting in groups particularly on a rainy day where I can paint their reflections as in my painting of Deansgate. By contrast, the hot sunny day outside Liverpool Street Station allowed me to feature sun and shadows. Lately, my time has been taken up developing my painting of our equine friends. I have always had an affinity with horses, having kept them for many years. I am now frequently commissioned to paint people’s horses and dogs. I love the richness of texture and colour when painting in oils but also enjoy charcoal.

3. Are you working on anything else at the moment?

I’m currently working on Christmas commissions featuring dogs and horses alongside painting subjects of more personal interest to me. I like to have a few paintings ‘on the go’ at the same time.

4. What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t make your work without?

One of my most important tools other than paint and brushes must be my camera and my iPad. Occasionally I paint in situation but much prefer to be warm and dry in my studio with music playing in the background.

5. When you’re not busy creating what do you like doing in your spare time? Any other hobbies or interests?

Other than painting, I like to walk, mountain bike at least once a week and read.

6. Which other artists do you admire or inspire your work? (famous or not!)

I admire and am inspired by many artists but in particular Ken Howard, James Hart- Dyke and Jeremy Mann.

7. And lastly, do you have any inspiring tips or words to share with everyone?

If you want yo do something, just get on with it and learn as you go along. If you spend too long deliberating, you won’t do it.

The Oldham Open is on until December 5, be sure to visit to see Jane’s work and all of the other submitting artists and makers.

EvaD Ould-Okojie

Access and Interpretation Officer